Where can I buy a linux-friendly laptop?
evan-ieNeDk6JonTYtjvyW6yDsg at public.gmane.org
Mon Nov 21 16:31:30 UTC 2005
Lennart Sorensen wrote:
>Remember that lovely pcmcia/pccard slot all laptops come with? Modems
>used to go there. They used to be hardware modems too. USB really
>doesn't make sense for a laptop where you generally don't want bits
>dangling off it just to do normal stuff.
Modems need to have a phone cable plug into them. This means that even
PC-Card modems either have dongles or flimsy, fragile "pop out"
connectors. I've used both. The dongles are no smaller than the USB
modem, and the pop-out connectors break or bend all-too-easily. It's
also possible to accidentally plug the RJ-11 connector in backwards to
The USB modem has the advantage of being usable on desktop systems in a
pinch. Since it's external, it doesn't contribute to internal laptop
heat the way PC cards do. The dongle has status LEDs which can be a
great help in diagnosing problem connections. And lastly, the USB modem
is less expensive than PC-Card non-Winmodems.
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